5 Apr 2009

Button in pole position for Malaysian GP

5:58 am on 5 April 2009

Jenson Button has pushed his Brawn GP to a second successive pole position, topping the times during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Briton swept around the 5.5 kilometre Sepang circuit in one minute 35.181 seconds ahead of Toyota's Jarno Trulli (1:35.273) to burn off his rivals in an eventful hour-long qualifying.

It was his second straight pole after Australia last weekend which he went on to win in Brawn's maiden race, and only the fifth in his nine years as a Formula One driver.

But while Button was ecstatic, there was despair for last year's pole sitter Felipe Massa, who only managed 16th in his Ferrari during hot and humid, but dry, conditions.

And McLaren's miserable weekend continued with world champion Lewis Hamilton starting from 12th on the grid and his teammate Heikki Kovalainen 14th.

Third fastest was Sebastien Vettel but he is carrying a 10-place grid penalty from the Australian Grand Prix after his collision there with Robert Kubica and so lines up Sunday in 13th.

Button's teammate Rubens Barrichello was fourth quickest but he too has a grid penalty -- five places for changing his gearbox -- so is relegated to ninth

Therefore, Timo Glock in the other Toyota will be third alongside Nico Rosberg in his Williams. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, last year's winner, is behind them alongside another former world champion, Fernando Alonso in his Renault.